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090822 fishing report
B.A. Steinhagen
FAIR. Water stained; 80 degrees; 0.41 feet below. Bass are fair with dropshots and crankbaits along grass ledges. Crappie are fair using minnows and jigs on deeper main lake structures and brush piles. Catfish are good moving shallow biting cut and cheese bait.
Bob Sandlin
GOOD. Water clear; 82 degrees; 1.07 below. Fishing patterns are similar. Catfish are good on baited holes 15-20 feet of water using cheese bait. Crappie are fair on brush in 15-20 feet of water biting on minnow and jigs. Bass are good early and late in the evening on topwater frogs shallow. White bass good on midlake humps with slabs or minnows. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.
Caddo
SLOW. Water stained; 79 degrees; 0.78 feet above. Caddo has come up close to a foot, but continue to navigate with caution. Bass are good on topwaters early in the morning in the lily pads and grass in the shade of the river as the sun comes up. Texas rig or drop shot will produce once the sun comes up along the grass line in the river system or the bayou system. Enjoy the lily pad flowers are still out and the amazing sunsets and sunrises on this majestic body of water God spoke into existence. Report provided by Vince Richards, Caddo Lake Fishing & Fellowship.
Conroe
GOOD. Slightly stained; 85 degrees; 1.45 feet below. Crappie are hit-or-miss but improving as the water temperatures decrease. Fish are starting to load up on brush piles, layovers and standing timber, using a jig head tipped with a minnow and clear, black/chartreuse, white/chartreuse jigs. Look for this type of structure in 12-18 feet of water with 13-15 feet of water being the most productive. Report by Justin Burns, Slab Donkey Guide Service. Catfish are good on shrimp and liver in depths of 14-22 feet of water. Hybrid striped bass have been active on points just off of the main lake channel, and flats trolling, jigging or using live bait. Seeing many juvenile fish around 17 inches. The smaller schools seem to produce the keeper sizes. Black bass are schooling in 9-22 feet of water with a 2-3.5 pound average. Biting on creature baits, crankbaits, and swimbaits close to, or in structure. Stay hydrated in this heat and always wear your life jacket! Report by Mike Cason, Fishical Therapy Lake Conroe Fishing Guide.
Fork
GOOD. Water Stained; 78 degrees; 5.64 feet low.Flooded grass can be seen throughout the lake. Bass have started to get near the new grass and can be caught on topwaters, chatterbaits and minus one type baits with shad patterns the most effective. After the sun rises target wooded areas in 5-7 feet of water with shaky heads or dropshots in june bug and watermelon red best colors. Square bills in a 2.5 are good in 5-7 feet around wood and points. Report by Lake Fork fishing guide Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Pro. Lake Fork crappie are starting to stack up on trees in good numbers earlier this year than we normally see. The water temperatures have dropped to the low 80s and the fish are getting hungry. Best depths this week seem to be 18-24 feet of water with fish suspended 8-14 feet deep on the trees. Brush pile fish are beginning to bite here and there as well. Minnows are still the best bait, but soft plastics and hand tied jigs will work throughout the fall and winter months. Report provided by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins Guide Service.
Houston County
GOOD. Water stained; 86 degrees; 1.61 feet below. Crappie are good in standing timber and brush in 12-20 feet of water using minnows. Largemouth bass are good in 4-16 feet of water crankbaits, shaky heads and wacky worms on docks points and lay downs. Report by Colan Gonzales, DFW Fishing Guide Booking.com.
Lake O' The Pines
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 80 degrees; 1.56 feet low. Catfish are good on baited holes 15-20 feet of water using cheese bait. Crappie are fair on brush in 15-20 feet of water biting on minnow and jigs. Bass are good early and late in the evening on topwater frogs shallow. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.
Livingston
GOOD. Stained; 80 degrees; 0.15 feet above. Look for the water clarity to be muddy and flooding conditions on the North end as the freshwater runoff flows in from North Texas rains. White bass are good to excellent with the topwater schooling action, then jigging with slabs on points and humps. Catfish are fair to good. Crappie continue to be slow. Striped bass are slow with slabs and live shad. Report by Jeff Friederick, Fishin’ Addiction Guide Service.
Martin Creek
GOOD. 85 degrees. Water lightly stained; 2.39 feet low. Bass fishing has improved over the last week working flukes, swimbaits, wacky worms and small spinner baits in shallow water but mostly along the edge of hydrilla. Topwater frogs are good early and late. Crappie are still excellent with limits coming in 20-25 feet of water over brush and standing timber. Catfish good on nightcrawlers from 10-18 feet of water fished off the bottom.
Nacogdoches
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 84-88 degrees; 2.82 feet low. Summer fishing patterns continue. Largemouth bass continue to school in open water on the main lake. Topwater action along grass edges should pick up as we head into fall. Crappie bite is fair on minnows and jigs. Fish are grouped up in the main lake on timber. Overcast conditions and rainfall will help lower water temperature and improve the bite. Report by Blake Oestreich, Brushbuster Guide Service.
Naconiche
GOOD. Water clear to stained; 83 degrees; 1.00 feet low. Water temperatures are slowly dropping, indicating the beginning stage of the fall transition. As long as there is not another heat wave, the lake should begin to turnover in a few weeks. The thermocline is still in effect at the 12 foot zone. A jerkbait plus-1 and shad style lures are working. A slow hopped underspin is getting bit in 8-12 feet of water. The Crappie population is good. Catfish are slow. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services.
Raven
GOOD. Water stained; 85 degrees; 3.50 feet low. The water temp was down to about 85 with the rains, but expect it to creep back towards 90 until the next shower. Bass are really good on minnows and Texas rig stick baits. Crappie are fair to good on minnows. Catfish are fair on minnows and cut bait. Swimming is currently not allowed, until the lake returns to normal levels, for the safety of both our wildlife and our visitors. As a reminder, the park gates do not open until 6 A.M., and anglers arriving that early will have to fill out a day pass at the self-serve kiosk at headquarters.
Sam Rayburn
FAIR. Water stained; 83 degrees; 4.30 feet low. Bass are good early and late in the day off points and creeks. The bass are starting to transition into the fall pattern moving to creek channel pockets feeding up for winter. Crappie are good on brush piles with minnows and jigs. Crappie will begin to migrate to the rivers in the next few weeks. Catfish are good off points with and in the creek channel. Report by Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service.
Toledo Bend
FAIR. Water stained; 77-79 degrees; 3.88 feet low. The water level is 168.0 with two generators running from 2-8:00 P.M. Water temperature at the Dam is 77-79 degrees with surface temperature around 79. The back feeder creeks are starting to clear up a little this week. The black bass are just starting their winter transition as the aquatic grasses start discoloring. This is an indicator that the oxygen is starting to dwindle in the plant. The bass will leave this area quickly for greener pastures in deeper water. You might have a pattern one day and the next day it's all changed. Bass have been caught on traps, bladed baits, and smaller crankbaits in shad colors. Here is another pattern, smaller jerk baits and baby flukes. Fly casters, use hollow body flies three inch in colors shad/white and chartreuse/white or a Dahlberg Diver Frog fly, and a Wilson's top water popper in a baby bass pattern. Find the bait balls and you will find the bass. Get on them quick and catch a few and keep moving. The Crappie catch has been picking up this week in 20-25 feet of water using small minnows. Bluegills are still mixed in with Crappie in the brush piles in deeper water. Catfish are in 20-25 feet of water off the breaks in the main river channel. Safety tip - if you hear lightning, get off the water. Good luck and tight lines! Report from Master Captain Steve (Scooby) Stubbe, Mudfish Adventures LLC, Mudfish Rod Shop, Kayak Sales, Fishing Guide Service & Rod Repair
Tyler
SLOW. Water lightly stained; 81 degrees; 2.18 feet below. The bite will improve as the water temperature slowly cools along with the weather. Bass are slow on topwaters and minnows in submerged vegetation around piers. Crappie are fair in 16-20 of water on brush piles and submerged structures using live minnows and jigs. Bluegill are good mixed in with the crappie biting red worms. Catfish are fair in the mouths of creeks using nightcrawlers and minnows. Report by Paul Taylor, The Boulders at Lake Tyler.
Wright Patman
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 79 degrees; 1.32 feet above. The bite improves with some wind in the forecast. Catfish continue to bite fair on punch bait. White bass are good on points with tail spinners with fish on the smaller size. Report by Brooks Tarkington, Lake Wright Patman Guide Service.
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